Institut für Evolution und Ökologie

Oliver Betz
  +49 7071 29 72995
room E2A14

Margarita Yavorskaya
Assistant Professor
  +49 7071 29 74832
room E2P07

Manfred Drack
Research Associate
  +49 7071 29 74854
room E4P25

Bernadette Fauser
+49 7071 29-72613
room E4P22

Further group members

Technical staff

Monika Meinert



+49 (0) 7071 / 29 76961

Julia Straube



+49 (0) 7071 / 29 77587

Glencora Wolffhugel-Parra E2A03 email +49 (0) 7071 / 29 77587


Dr. Qing Cao E2P10 email +49 (0) 7071 / 29 74830
Dr. Manfred Drack E4P25 email +49 (0) 7071 / 29 74854

PhD candidates

Benjamin Eggs

E2P13 email

+49 (0) 7071 / 29 76796

Erich Lara Spiessberger E2P18 email +49 (0) 7071 / 29 76949
Lea von Berg E2P10 email +49 (0) 7071 / 29 74830


Michael Axt E4P28 email  
Benedict Stocker E2P18 email +49 (0) 7071 / 29 76949
Fabien Theunissen E4P28 email


Levin Balci      
Lena-Marie Keuerleber      

Vera Krinke

Jan Martin      
Richard Müller      
Marvin Schmid      
Svenja Walch      
Daniela Wiese      

Associate Professor

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Gerecke   email  

Associate Scientist

Dr. Christoph Allgaier      

Scientific research - current

  • Marvin Schmid: "Interaktion von den Ameisenkäfern (=Palpenkäfer = Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae) mit Ameisen (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)"
  • Levin Balci: "Mittelfristige Effekte des Mähens auf Spinnen (Araneae) in Wirtschaftsgrünland / Medium-term effects of mowing on spiders (Araneae) in agricultural grassland."
  • Lena-Marie Keuerleber: "Mittelfristige Effekte des Mähens auf die bodenlebenden Insekten und Spinnen in Wirtschaftsgrünland / Medium-term effects of mowing on ground-living insects and spiders in agricultural grassland."
  • Jan Martin: "Comparative functional mouthpart morphology in selected rove beetles (Pselaphinae, Euaesthetinae, Steninae: Staphylinidae)"
  • Richard Müller: "Mittelfristige Effekte des Mähens auf Laufkäfer (Carabidae) in Wirtschaftsgrünland / Medium-term effects of mowing carabid beetles (Carabidae) in agricultural grassland."
  • Svenja Walch: "Vergleich der Abundanz und Diversität herbivorer, räuberischer und parasitoider Insekten an insektenfreundlicher versus konventioneller Stadtbepflanzung."
  • Michael Axt: "Nahrungsökologie und Verhalten von Dianous coerulescens (Staphylinidae, Steninae)."
  • Vera Krinke: "Mittelfristige Effekte des Mähens auf Spinnen (Araneae) in Wirtschaftsgrünland / Medium-term effects of mowing on spiders (Araneae) in agricultural grassland."
  • Fabien Theunissen: "Mittelfristige Effekte des Mähens auf Wanzen (Heteroptera) in Wirtschaftsgrünland / Medium-term effects of mowing on true bugs (Heteroptera) in agricultural grasslands."
  • Daniela Wiese: "Morphometrische Analysen des Kopfes bei thailändischen Steninae."
  • Benedict Stocker: "Thermal ecology of Stenus spp. (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae): Characterization of thermal niche, temperature dependent prey-capture performance and potential thermoregulatory capacities of two species that live in distinct environments.“
  • Qing Cao: "Functional morphology and ultrastructure of the adhesive exocrine glands and the abdominal musculature in Stenus rove beetle larvae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae)"
  • Lea von Berg: "InsectMow - Development and evaluation of insect and spider friendly mowing techniques as a contribution to a sustainable form of agricultural grassland use, Subproject: Evaluation of insect-friendly mowing techniques."
  • Manfred Drack - "Organism concepts in biology and architecture as the basis for an interdisciplinary synopsis of constructional biomimetics".
  • Benjamin Eggs - "Joint-free movements in insects: mechanisms observed in ovipositors and piercing-sucking mouthparts, and their potential eco-evolutionary significance"
  • Erich Lara Spiessberger - "Comparative functional head morphology in modern rove beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae)"